Waypoint Hotel

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The Waypoint Hotel represents a significant transformation of a nondescript motel in Bend, a small city in the high desert of Central Oregon. The new ownership of the former Red Lion enlisted Holst to devise a phased renovation that infuses contemporary character into the primary facades, amenities and public spaces, and rooms.

Visual Balance

A series of added cedar-framed, fiber cement-faced boxes highlight the hotel entry from the street.

Waypoint Hotel

Inviting Amenities

A new outdoor patio incorporates fire pits and a range of built in and movable seating for year-round use.

The fully renovated lobby introduces visitors to a modern camp lodge aesthetic with raw, natural materials: wood, steel, and concrete. A forest graphic wraps the room across the central fireplace’s wood accent wall and on the mirrors above the reception desk. Steel openings surround the entrances to the spaces off the lobby.

Custom Ingenuity

A seventeen foot long kayak frame suspended from the ceiling serves as a unique custom light feature.

The breakfast lounge is a new multi-functional space used mornings and evenings, created from joining smaller rooms. Operational improvements include a larger food prep area with a more functional workflow and clear guest circulation through the breakfast stations, which can be hidden during the rest of the day. The former Signature Inn (now Waypoint Hotel) brand requirements call for games and a record player; our team responded with picnic-style tables with integrated games and built-in record storage.

The renovated guestrooms feature graphic geometric patterns on new casework, designed around existing electrical location, and photographic images applied to the headboard wall. Added soundproofing improves acoustic privacy between rooms.

This renovation was the first project to go through Bend Design Review in a new zoning overlay district. Since opening in fall 2019, the project has been a catalyst for the neighborhood, spurring additional improvements along the Third Street corridor.


Third Street Ventures LLC


Bend, Oregon




41,165 sf / 35 keys